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Hammers ask player to skip international duty

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West Ham have asked the Ghanian FA (GFA) to omit Andre Ayew from Ghana’s upcoming squad to face both Mexico and the USA.

The two friendlies on June 28th and July 1st – organised outside the normal FIFA dates for international matches – are thought to coincide with the club’s plans for the forward as part of their pre-season tour of Europe next month.

The Hammers don’t return to training until July 15th before beginning their tour in Austria just over 10 days later, but the club reportedly want Ayew to rest ahead of what is set to be a tough month before the beginning of the new domestic campaign.

Leicester and Swansea City have also filed similar requests for both Daniel Amartey and Andre’s brother, Jordan Ayew.

Ghana FA spokesman, Ibrahim Sannie said when asked about reports the players are to opt out of the upcoming matches: “We have received letters from the clubs of Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew and Daniel Amartey asking us to exclude them for the friendlies against Mexico and USA.”

The West Ham forward is a key member of the Black Stars squad, playing a key role in Ghana’s 5-0 thumping of Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign last week, and will be a miss figure in the upcoming friendlies should the club’s request by successful.

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